Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding Topped With A Bacardi Guava Rum Sauce

sweet potato pudding

I love to put my own twist on the traditional recipes. Sweet Potato Pudding is one them and they are a favorite sweet treat. However, the star of this recipe is the Bacardi Guava Rum Sauce. I could just eat it from a spoon or plaster it on bread and have a feast; it is that good!

Sweet Potato Pudding is a long time favorite Jamaican sweet treat. I fell in love with potato pudding as a child. My church sister would sell potato and bread pudding after church services on Sundays. In my eyes, she was and still is the Pudding Queen.

“Hell A Bottom, Hell A Top and Hallelujah In The Middle.”

If you are a Jamaican, you may may be familiar with the phrase: “hell a bottom, hell a top and hallelujah in the middle. It’s the traditional name for Jamaica’s authentic sweet potato pudding. 

coal stove

Ovens were not popular or none existent back in the days. So baking was done on an outdoor coal stove. 

The sweet potato mixture was cooked into a “dutch pot” on hot coals. A zinc sheet was placed on top as a lid and hot coal is layered on top to create the idea of an oven. 

The hallelujah in the middle represents the delicious goodness of the sweet potato pudding sandwich bell hot coals at the top and at the bottom.

Many people in Jamaica today still use this method of baking sweet potato pudding despite advancements in oven technology. However, I still think this method is the best way to bake sweet potato pudding.

There is just an unexplainable flavor, and texture that foods or meals acquire when they are cooked on an outdoor stove that you wouldn’t necessarily taste in meals cooked on a gas or electric stoves.

Grandma’s Sweet Potato Pudding

I always had fun when I visited my Grandma in the country area of Jamaica during the summer. At the time, she cooked all her meals on her outdoor coal stove. I remember the day she made sweet potato pudding on her coal stove.

It was my first time seeing firsthand how an authentic Jamaican sweet potato pudding was baked on a “coal oven.” It was a great experience and most importantly I got to feast on this Jamaican sweet delicacy.


sweet potato pudding

Let’s Talk Sweet Potatoes

There are different species of sweet potatoes in the grocery stores in the USA. In Jamaica, we do not have these different options. However, sweet potatoes in the USA vary in texture, flavor, and color.

When I migrated to the US, I often stood in the produce section of the supermarket and became puzzled about the types of sweet sweet potatoes that look quite different but were all called sweet potatoes.

The USDA later changed the name of the white flesh sweet potato to yams to distinguish them from the orange American sweet potatoes. However, in the Caribbean particularly Jamaica,  YAMS are a totally different food item. It is one of our favorite starchy root tubers and is a great addition to many dishes.


jamaican sweet potato


 Jamaican Sweet Potatoes (Yams).

Caribbean sweet potato or yams, as these are most often called in the US, have thinner, reddish-purple skin and a rougher  looking exterior. The inside is white.

Jamaican sweet potatoes or yams have less water content and are therefore drier, harder, and starchier in texture. They oxidize and get brown very quickly.

They are found in some supermarkets, but they can be easily purchased at your local “Korean” or Caribbean markets in the US.



American Sweet Potatoes 

These are grown in the US and can be easily found in most grocery stores. 

The skin of sweet potatoes is thicker, smoother, and brownish-orange in color. The inside is a bright orange color. 

Because of their higher water content, they are softer and silkier in texture when cooked.

They are used a lot in cooking during The Thanksgiving Holidays to make dishes such as sweet potato pies and candied yams.




Nutrition and Sweet Potatoes Yams

It does not matter if you prefer sweet potato or yams, they are both packed with good nutrition and many health benefits.  

Sweet Potatoes are a good source of fiber when eaten with the skin. 1 medium sweet potato with skin provides approximately 4 g of fiber. 

Yams and sweet potatoes are both good sources of vitamins and minerals:

Vitamin A or Beta-Carotene



Vitamin B5, B6, C





Healthline provides detailed and in-depth nutrition information on both yams and sweet potatoes.

You will also enjoy my blog on the Immune Boosting Power Of Carrots.  


Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding with Bacardi Guava Rum Sauce.

sweet potato pudding

Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding Topped With A Bacardi Guava Rum Sauce.

This Jamaican sweet potato pudding is a simplified version of an authenthic Jamaican sweet potato pudding.
4.8 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 12


  • 2 Mixing Bowls
  • Oven
  • Whisk
  • Spoon
  • 12 Inches Cast Iron Pot
  • Food Processor or Blender
  • Sauce Pan


  • 5 cups Jamaican Sweet Potato, Cubed 2 large sweet potatos, 2.5 lbs
  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • 2 cups Cassava, Cubed Small, 1 lb
  • 1.25 cups Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Bacardi Coconut Rum
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • 2 tsp Salt

Bacardi Guava Rum Sauce

  • 2 cups Guava paste, cubes
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup Bacardi Coconut Rum


  • Set oven to 375 °F.
  • Peel Your sweet potato and casava. The potato will oxidized and get brown. This is normal and will not afftect te taste of the product.
    peeled cassava
  • Remember to remove the fibrous center vein in the center of the cassava root.
  • Cut sweet potato and cassava into roughly cut cubes
    cubed sweet potatos
  • Add cubes to the food processor or blender and pulse until fairly smooth. Dump content into the mixing bowl.
  • In another bowl, add coconut milk, Bacardi rum, nutmeg, vanilla extract, almond extract, and brown sugar. Mix all ingredients with a whisk until the sugar dissolves.
  • Pour coconut milk mixture onto grated sweet potato mixture. Gently mix until all the ingredients are evenly uniformed.
    coconut milk and spice mixture
  • Grease cast iron pot with tablespoons of butter.
  • Pour Sweet Potato mixture onto cast iron pot.
  • Gently tap pot cast iorn or baking tin onto a counter a few times to release air bubbles and even out the mixture inside baking container.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.

Bacardi Guave Rum Sauce

  • In the Saucepan add the cubes of guava paste, coconut milk, and water.
  • Over medium heat, allow cooking while constantly stirring with the metal whisk to avoid burning.
  • Whisk until all the cubes of guava paste are dissolved. At this point add the Bacardi Rum and mix well.
    guava sauce
  • Pour guava sauce into top of the baked sweet potato pudding. Place inside oven for 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool at room temperature.


Cast Iron pots are my favorite cooking utensil. It's very functional and you can cook and bake almost anything in this pot. It conducts heat very well and gives your food a nice crust on the outside.
If you do not have a cast-iron pot, a regular baking tin is also suitable. I used a 12 inch cast iron pot.
If you can use a similar size baking tin, it will be ideal. This size will allow for the sweet potato pudding to cook faster and you will get the added benefit of a nice crust on the outside.
Some people add "yellow yam" to their sweet potato pudding. I chose to use cassava because I love the texture that it gives to the potato pudding.
You can use any flavored rum. I love the taste and flavor of Bacardi Coconut Rum. Therefore, I use it as a flavoring agent when baking or cooking.
Keyword Bacardi Coconut Rum, Guava, Jamaican Dessert, Jamaican food, Pudding, Rum, Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato Pudding with Bacardi Rum Sauce.

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  2. 5 stars
    This sweet potato pudding sounds delicious, and the guava rum sauce sounds incredible! I can’t wait to make this recipe!
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  3. This sounds amazing! I first tried sweet potato pudding while on my honeymoon in Ocho Rios, it was amazing! Going to try to make this for our anniversary that’s coming up next month!

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